October 28 – 30, 2019 | Arlington, TX
Schedule At a Glance
Location & Hotel
Join us at the 2019 biannual statewide conference TECH TO EMPOWER! This ground breaking conference takes a hard look at technology, media, and film and the unique impact each has on domestic violence. Learn from experts in their field, network with other domestic violence advocates, and most importantly participate in conversations to improve lives of survivors.
Lorena Gallo is a victims and survivors advocate who was born in Bucay, Ecuador and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the U.S. when she was 18 and married a U.S. Marine named John Bobbitt. Less than one month after marriage, Lorena began suffering physical and psychological abuse that resulted in numerous police interventions. In June 1993, Lorena requested a restraining order against her husband, but three days and two sexual assaults later she became a national headline. Lorena was arrested and charged with the felony of maliciously wounding Bobbitt. She was placed on trial in January 1994, where she testified before a jury about four years of excruciating abuse and her attempts to seek protection. A psychiatrist testified that Lorena suffered a “brief reactive psychosis” that drove her to attack the instrument that was the weapon of her torture. The jury acquitted Lorena on the grounds of temporary insanity, ruling that the torture and abuse she had suffered had created an “irresistible impulse.” Today, Lorena lives in the Washington, D.C area and is an internationally recognized advocate for victims and survivors of abuse. She has dedicated her life to helping the abused through her nonprofit, The Lorena Gallo Foundation, which offers advocacy, education, community outreach and support to victims and survivors of abuse. She also advocates education and awareness of abuse at scholastic levels. She bravely tells her story on her newly released documentary “LORENA” (from Amazon Prime), to encourage victims to seek help and heal psychologically, and to help destigmatize and educate people on these social epidemics of domestic violence and sexual assault so they will not plague future generations.
Melissa Jeltsen is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where she writes about gender-based violence. She previously worked at MSNBC and Talking Points Memo, and freelanced for Jezebel, The Rumpus, GOOD, Cosmo, and The Boston Globe, among others. In 2015 and 2016, she won a Newswomen’s Club Of New York Front Page Award for her articles on domestic violence. Her recent work has highlighted domestic violence victims who are incarcerated for self-defense, how to prevent intimate partner homicides, and the role of firearms in abusive relationships. You can follow her work at HuffPost and on Twitter @quasimado.
Dale Hansen is the weeknight sports anchor during the 10 p.m. newscast on WFAA in Dallas, Texas, and host of Dale Hansen’s Sports Special on Sundays. He’s well known for his acclaimed “Unplugged” segments, where he has spoken out against domestic violence and other social issues. Dale began his career as a radio disc jockey and operations manager in Iowa before he became a sports reporter at KMTV in Nebraska. He joined WFAA in 1983. In 1987, Dale was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism. That same year, he won the duPont-Columbia Award for his contribution to the investigation of SMU’s football program. Dale is the only local on-air broadcaster who has received the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received in 2019. Dale’s other awards and honors include:
- Dallas Peace and Justice Center’s 2019 Inspiration Award
- Children’s Hero Award from TexProtects
- Recipient of over 20 Lone Star EMMY Awards
- Texas Sportscaster of the Year on three occasions by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
- Best Sportscaster by United Press International and the Dallas Press Club
- TV Personality of the Year by American Women in Radio and Television
Debbi Morgan is known to audiences for her recurring roles in the Starz series Power, Netflix’s The Defenders, and BET’s The Quad. As a high school grad, Debbi juggled evening acting classes while attending college in New York City. During her third year, she left school to go on the national tour of the play What The Wine Sellers Buy, which landed on Broadway. She then moved to Hollywood, and after five years of starring in mini-series, she won the role of a lifetime playing Angie Baxter-Hubbard on the daytime series All My Children. This show brought Debbi into living rooms around the world and won her the daytime Emmy Award for best supporting actress in 1989. She also won the “Independent Spirit Award” and “The Chicago Film Critic’s Award” for her work in Eve’s Bayou playing opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Whitfield. Debbi went on to star in other films such as The Hurricane, Love & Basketball, Coach Carter and Asunder. Her recurring role as a pot-smoking jailbird on Soul Food won an NAACP award. In 2015, Debbi wrote her autobiography, The Monkey on My Back, in which she revealed how growing up with generational domestic violence had a lasting impact on her journey. Today, she continues to tour around the country, performing a one-woman show based on her autobiography.
Josh Jasper is the Founder and CEO of Resources Unite, an organization that strengthens communities by connecting people to resources and volunteer opportunities. Previously, Josh was the President/CEO of Riverview Center, an organization that provides services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence. He is an international speaker and consults with organizations and communities on topics such as violence prevention, community engagement, diversity/inclusion, storytelling and leadership development. Josh has worked with all branches of the military, the Australian Army, universities across the U.S. and professional sports teams. Josh has a graduate degree in social work from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. He is married and has three children.
Jasmine Garsd is a reporter for NPR and the BBC. Her work has been featured on the podcast This American Life and The New Yorker. Originally from Argentina, her work has focused extensively on Latin America and the Latino community in the U.S., reporting on women’s issues and gender violence. Her work has taken her as far as the Colombian Amazon, where she spent time with former female guerilla fighters, to the U.S.-Mexico border, where she investigated how women are uniquely affected by the immigration crisis. These days, Jasmine is covering how online extremism targets women.
Debra Zimmerman is the Executive Director of Women Make Movies (WMM), a New York nonprofit social enterprise that has supported women filmmakers with distribution and production assistance for their independent films since 1972. During her 35-year tenure, Women Make Movies has grown into the largest distributor of films by and about women in the world. For 16 years, films and filmmakers from WMM have won or been nominated for Academy Awards, including Citizen Four, Saving Face, Strong Island and 2019’s Free Solo. Debra is considered an expert in documentary film financing and marketing, and she serves on the juries of major film festivals around the world, including the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam and the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. She has also worked with the U.S. State Department as a Film Expert, screening films on gender-based violence in Latin America and Africa. She is the author of “Film as Activism,” a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender textbook. She is the recipient of the NY Women in Film and Television’s Changemaker Award and Hot Doc’s Doc Mogul Award, given to those who have made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry.
Storytelling, Coordinated Community Response & Prevention
Amy Hill is a storyteller, documentary filmmaker, public health consultant and co-founder of Silence Speaks. In 1999, after ten years working in community-based public health projects, Amy co-founded Silence Speaks, an international participatory media initiative offering a safe, supportive environment for telling and sharing stories that all too often remain unspoken. Silence Speaks surfaces personal narratives of struggle, courage, and transformation and works to ensure that these stories play an instrumental role in promoting gender equality and human rights. Since 2005, Amy has led Silence Speaks and other global health and human rights-related projects as a staff member at the Center for Digital Storytelling. Amy has overseen the use of storytelling all over the world in places like Nepal, Ethiopia, Uganda and Brazil. To learn more about Amy, visit the Silence Speaks website, where you can also watch some of the digital stories that have been recorded around the globe.
Natalie Dolci is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as a Planning and Development Specialist in the City of Seattle Mayor’s Office on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Prior to this, she spent 11 years as a victim advocate, providing services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and harassment. She has provided direct services in community-based agencies, the University of Washington Police Department and the Seattle Police Department. Natalie conducts research and training as a member of the Technology-Enabled Coercive Control (TECC) Working Group. This multidisciplinary group is working to build the capacity of providers to respond when survivors are experiencing Technology-Enabled Coercive Control. The TECC Working Group seeks to build bridges between the private technology sector, helping professions, and the criminal justice system to more effectively provide relief to cyberstalking survivors. Natalie is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
Dana Lockhart has over 20 years of experience in direct advocacy, public policy and program management in health and human services. Currently, Dana is the manager of the Seattle Police Department’s Victim Support Team in the Domestic Violence Unit. The team is designed to bridge the gap in services for survivors working with the criminal justice system, while also creating a partnership between community volunteers and law enforcement. Dana is a founding member of the Technology Enabled Coercive Control (TECC) Working Group, a multidisciplinary team developing recommendations, training curriculum, innovative programs and strategies to address tech-enabled abuse. Ms. Lockhart actively participates on the Criminal Justice Committee (CJC), which develops a regional and national review of trends and best practices to recommend in its assessment of Seattle’s response to domestic violence. Ms. Lockhart is currently leading the #Don’tStandBy campaign with Uber and NOMORE to help prevent sexual violence. Dana began her career advocating for survivors of gender-based violence in 1999 at the Women’s Coalition Shelter in Duluth, Minnesota.
Zach Goodwin is an award-winning high school director and filmmaker. With several festivals under his belt, including South by Southwest, Zach loves to create films that inspire and awe his audience. He is fully committed to following his passion and strives for a future in feature length film directing.
Marta Prada Peláez
Marta Prada Peláez is President/CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc., a San Antonio-based nonprofit that provides tools for domestic violence victims. With a master’s degree in clinical psychology, Marta has dedicated more than two decades of professional service to vulnerable populations, placing special emphasis on youth. She worked with the judicial and protective systems to break through traditional silo-ed approaches to social services, and she has successfully engaged communities in the development of life-changing interventions for victims and perpetrators. Marta is a frequent contributor to local and national media, and she was a guest of Bill Moyer’s PBS documentary, The Journal. As a guest of the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, she presented on batterers’ intervention before a governmental taskforce in Amman. She has provided testimony before Senate committees on issues such as program funding and protection laws. Marta is a two-term past board chair of TCFV. She currently serves as a board member of TCFV, as well as the TCFV Region 5 Area Director. She serves as vice chair of the Community Advisory Board of Texas Public Radio and is also a member of the Community Advisory Team appointed by the San Antonio Chief of Police. Marta created and now co –chair’s the Bexar County Domestic Violence Taskforce. She has participated twice as a panelist for the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations in New York. Marta is a wife, three times a mother and grandmother. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Ann Baddour is the state director of Appleseed projects aimed at bringing low-income and immigrant consumers into the financial mainstream. Ann is actively involved in reforming regulations governing payday and auto title lending in Texas to build greater consumer protection into these transactions. She also advocates for consumer protections to address financial exploitation of vulnerable populations and improve protections against abusive debt collection practices. She was a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board, serving a four-year term ending in 2018. Ann is a Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin.
Sarah Corbett-Imeny is a Training Specialist II with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) working in the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse. Sarah assists in the development of the TVAT Academy curriculum as well as other live and web-based trainings. She has worked for the TDCJ for three years holding positions within the VSD as well as the Parole Division. Sarah has 15 years teaching experience in adult education. Currently, she is an instructor at Austin Community College. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University Provo, Utah.
Adam R. Dodge
Adam’s work is characterized by his dedication to addressing the existing and future threats posed by technology to victims of crime. He is a global speaker and trainer on the subjects of technology-enabled abuse and digital impersonation. Adam has written extensively on non-consensual pornography, co-authored a domestic violence advisory on the emerging threat of ‘deepfakes’ and his work in the field of digital impersonation has been featured in the Washington Post and Mashable. As the Legal & Technology Director of Laura’s House, Adam spent the past 8 years overseeing a department that processes over 1,175 restraining order cases annually. He co-authored The Empowered Woman’s Guide to Divorce and has appeared in or contributed to articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SELF Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Gizmodo and others. Adam also writes for the Huffington Post and his television appearances include Dr. Phil. He earned his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and his J.D. by way of McGeorge School of Law and Hastings College of the Law.
Wes Holing is a senior web content developer at TechSoup. He’s part writer, part graphic designer, and part front-end web developer, putting his experience and skills to use for more than eight years to help the accidental techie make smart choices for their nonprofit or library.
Catherine Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Catherine has managed numerous department-level operations, budgets, and strategic fundraising initiatives. She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Public Administration from the University of Washington. Catherine manages overall strategic operations for the Safe Shelter Collaborative, including partnerships, community outreach, and financial management.
Jennifer Morrison, M.Ed has 25 plus years of nonprofit leadership to help develop and grow the reach of the Safe Shelter Collaborative program throughout the south, especially in Texas. She spent more than 20 years in the direct service field as a program director, administrator and executive director, having worked on a local community level and on a statewide level assisting with policy development and funding issues. Jennifer is a licensed professional counselor and holds an M.Ed. from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mike Rainer is a Training Specialist IV with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) working in the Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse (TxCVC). Mike develops training curriculum and provides training to criminal justice professionals and crime victim advocates. He also works on special projects such as the Texas Victims Assistance Training (TVAT) Academy, TVAT Online and VSD Webinars. Mike has over 14 years of experience in Instructional design and deployment with over five years’ experience as a graphic designer and visual communications specialist.
Randy Randolph works for the SAFE Alliance as the Expect Respect Senior Prevention Coordinator. Joining the staff in 2001, Randy recognized the power and influence young people have to affect positive change. She excels at creating successful youth/adult partnerships to help youth address unhealthy social norms and prevent youth violence. Randy’s young leaders have been featured in the local news and at professional conferences, and they have received national recognition for their activism. Randy provides training for school personnel and other professionals and collaborates with many community partners. Many of the activities she has developed with youth leaders will be available as part of the published Expect Respect Program curriculum. She is currently engaging high school students in a youth-led community health assessment with the University of Texas School of Public Health.
John and Rachael Haynes
John and Rachael Haynes are the parents of Madeline Haynes, a fun, popular high school athlete who inexplicably took her life in 2012. In the aftermath, John and Rachel founded The Sandbox at Madeline’s Place in Hutto, Texas, to help others and themselves heal. Through The Sandbox, the values of “Be Honest. Be Kind. Speak Up.” are modeled and spread to middle and high school students. John brings a background of security operations with a career that spans both government and private sector work. His knowledge of internet safety has been an important educational piece they share with teens. Rachael brings years of experience in the finance world and a passion to ensure teens have a safe place to be themselves. She also advocates for teens to have more adult connections in their lives, giving them more outlets to share about their issues and more opportunities for lives to be saved.
PJ Raval is an award‐winning filmmaker whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the marginalized LGBTQ+ community. Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s film credits include TRINIDAD: TRANSGENDER FRONTIER and BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, which follows the lives of three gay senior men and was described by indieWIRE as “a crucial new addition to the LGBT doc canon.” BEFORE YOU KNOW IT screened theatrically, premiered as the season finale of AMERICA REFRAMED on PBS World Channel and was awarded the National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association Excellence in Documentary Award 2016. PJ recently completed CALL HER GANDA, which follows Jennifer Laude, a trans woman who was discovered dead in a motel room in the Philippines. CALL HER GANDA released theatrically fall 2018, winning over a dozen Best Documentary and Audience Awards. Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER. PJ is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, 2016 Firelight Media Fellow, 2017 Robert Giard Fellow and a proud member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Chichi Ifionu is a Staff Attorney in the Crime Victims Program at Texas Legal Services Center in Austin, Texas. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from West Virginia University College of Law in 2015 before starting her legal practice in 2016 specializing in immigration law, assisting individuals and businesses with their immigration matters. Since joining Texas Legal Services Center in 2017, she has worked with other attorneys in the Crime Victims Program to assist victims of crime in various legal matters including obtaining protective orders, crime victim’s compensation, advising clients on custody matters and much more. She recently joined the Texas Coalition on Coerced Debt to work with other agencies who are creating resources and equipping advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers and others with the skills needed to assist victims of violence with coerced debt. When she is not on the clock as an attorney, she enjoys traveling, listening to music and cooking.
“An eye-opening and fresh approach to an educational platform for domestic violence advocates.” – 2017 Attendee
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Oct 28 | Mon
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM | Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM | Welcome
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM | Plenary
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Choose Your Own Keynote
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch on Your Own
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | App4Change Demo
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dives
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dives
Oct 29 | Tue
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakfast
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Welcome
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM | Plenary
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM | Break
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM | Choose Your Own Keynote
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch on Your Own
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | App4Change Demo
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dives
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM | Break
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Breakouts Sessions & Deep Dives
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM | Break
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dives
Oct 30 | Wed
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM | Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dive
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM | Break
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Breakout Sessions & Deep Dive
10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | Break
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM | Brunch and Closing Plenary
CEU Hours | 16.50 hrs LMFT, LPC, SW
LOCATION & HOTEL
Live! by Loews Hotel
1600 E Randol Mill Rd | Arlington, TX 76011
Anchoring the new Texas Live! district, Live! by Loews – Arlington offers easy access to Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park, the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the area’s exciting restaurants and entertainment venues.
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Deadline August 31, 2019
Deadline August 31, 2019
Early Bird | Early Bird Rate avaliable through July 31, 2019
Oct 28, Oct 29, Oct 30
|Group Ticket Rate
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Single Day Tickets | Select the day of attendance during registration
* Group Discount | Avaliable when you register 3 or more staff from the same program, groups must be registered together at the same time to qualify for rate
After August 31, 2019
After August 31, 2019
Refunds | Cancellations received by September 1, 2019 will receive a refund, minus a 25% processing fee. Cancellation received after this date are non-refundable